Statues that Scrape the Sky

1-IMG_5752-002Attending the funeral of one of my favorite aunts, the last of her generation, also provided the opportunity to visit an historic cemetery where generations of my immigrant German family are memorialized.

St. Mary’s Cemetery belongs to Old St. Mary’s Church in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati.  Old St Mary’s Church was home to many of Cincinnati’s large German population. Many of Cincinnati’s oldest German families are buried in this cemetery and many of the old stones are written in German.

The statues on these graves scrape the sky but pale in comparison to the stories that my family has passed on about the trials and tribulations of coming to this country and what their life was like.

Here are the photographs …

George Doerr came from Germany, by boat, with his possessions in one handmade wooden chest, his name beautifully inscribed on the front, and it now sits as a centerpiece in my living room.

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